Neymar shines but PSG held by Monaco in thriller

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 00:00 |
Paris Saint-Germain’s French forward Kylian Mbappe (left) celebrates with team mate Brazilian forward Neymar after he scored a penalty during their French L1 match against AS Monaco at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on Sunday night. Photo/AFP

Paris, Monday

Neymar scored twice and created another goal but leaders Paris Saint-Germain were held to an entertaining 3-3 draw at home on Sunday by a Monaco side playing their first Ligue 1 game under new coach Robert Moreno.

The Brazilian gave PSG the lead after just two minutes at the Parc des Princes but Monaco scored two quick goals through Gelson Martins and Wissam Ben Yedder to move 2-1 ahead inside quarter of an hour.

A Fode Ballo-Toure own goal brought PSG level and Neymar restored their advantage from the penalty spot before half-time after a foul on Kylian Mbappe.

But Monaco, who also host PSG on Wednesday in a rearranged fixture, earned a point when Islam Slimani’s goal was controversially awarded after it was initially ruled out for offside.

“We didn’t put in our best performance but we tried. It was a good test. Monaco have a good team but we are superior and we must show it on the pitch,” Neymar told Canal+. 

“If we had played at our best we would have taken the three points.

“I think on the third goal, the fact our defender touched the ball wasn’t intentional but the decision falls to the referee. They have VAR for that, we can’t complain. We weren’t perfect tonight either.”

It was just the second time PSG have dropped points at home this season -- after a shock 2-0 defeat by Reims in September -- but the draw represented a positive start for former Spain coach Moreno, who replaced Leonardo Jardim at the end of December.       -AFP

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